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Glasgow and Isle of Mull

We are 4 (retired) Canadians traveling to Scotland in September of 2017 for a 15 day Scotland and Ireland tour. We will be arriving in Glasgow 4 days before our tour begins for 1 day and then we are spending 2 days on Mull. (Doing some family ancestral research). Looking for suggestions on :
1.What we might do our 1 day in Glasgow
2. Transportation from Glasgow to Mull....(car rental, bus, train)
3. Transportation from Mull back to Edinburgh where we start our tour
Thanks in advance for any suggestions

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Three years ago, I found a car by far the most efficient way to travel to and from Mull from Edinburgh, and also to get around on Mull itself.

Posted by
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We did not want to drive on the left, so used the train in Scotland. Edinburgh to Glasgow and Glasgow to Oban ( for the ferry to Mull) were all easy and pleasant. Here is information with links to the train, ferry, bus, and driving information:

Glasgow really impressed us. We visited the Transport Museum and several sites on the Mackintosh Trail ( the art school was unfortunately closed due to a fire). There is a nice pedestrian zone with some of the best buskers we have ever seen.

And Oban is great. We spent two nights in a beautiful B and B, went hiking around a nearby isle (not Mull) and really enjoyed the seafood.

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I would definitely recommend a car for the trip to Mull. Pick it up at the airport and you will already be most of the way out of Glasgow on your way north. Truly it is not that hard to drive on the left. You will have multiple navigators so the driver can focus on the road. Drive back down to Edinburgh and drop the car off at the airport and catch the tram or bus into town to catch your tour. Here's a google maps route that is pretty good. The drive north takes you past Loch Lomond. If you want to stop and check out the Loch, Luss is not a bad place. There is an old church as well. On the way back from Mull this route takes you through the Trossachs and through Doune where there is the wonderful castle from Monty Python's Search for the Holy Grail and was also used in the Outlander series.

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A wise person told me that when I got to Glasgow don't forget to look up. The tops of a lot of the buildings are quite ornate and interesting. Have tea at the Willow Tea Rooms, definitely go to the school of art if it has reopened, the cathedral is nice and even the grave yard was a nice walk. The museum of transport was fun, and the Kelvingrove museum, also. These two used to be side by side, but I think one or both have moved since I was there. They used to be near the university and Kelvingrove park. There is a hop on hop off bus that will get you everywhere.

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It's the museum of transport that has moved and now is a marvelous Riverside Museum. I am dying to see. It sounds wonderful.